Audi quattro video review from 1983 by MotorWeek

MotorWeek has released footage with their original review of the Audi quattro from 1983. Without any doubt one of the most important cars to wear the Audi logo, the quattro was essentially a road-going version of the company’s Group B contender and back in day it had a rather high starting price in United States of $35,000, with production capped at 2,000 units and 500 of them were sold in the U.S.

Under the hood it has a five-cylinder, 2.1-liter turbocharged fuel-injected gasoline engine derived from the motor mounted in the Audi 5000 Turbo sedan. However, for the quattro power was bumped by 30 bhp to 156 bhp at 5,500 rpm sent to the road through a five-speed transaxle manual gearbox connected to a differential which for those days was considered as an absolute novelty.

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The Audi quattro was as the name suggest a full-time all-wheel drive sportscar providing great traction regardless of the terrain. According to John H. Davis, the quattro tricks the person behind the wheel into believing he is a better driver than he actually is. In the attached video, the Audi quattro was tested in the quarter mile run which it accomplished in 17 seconds at 89 mph which for those days was a notable performance.

Adrian Padeanu

Long-time fan of the fabled Four Rings.